I’ve got to say Malia Obama’s got it rough. Having a holiday birthday is one of those things little kids usually moan about, but being a July 4 baby as the president’s daughter?
I’ll concur with a commenter on Jezebel’s coverage of the presidential birthday celebration for Malia: “that blows.”
Sure she got to celebrate in the White House. But then again, she had to celebrate her birthday in the White House . . . on the most patriotic day of the year! She had to share the national birthday, from the center of the nation’s capital. She seems like a smart kid, but still . . . she’s a kid! Talk about stealing her thunder.
It’s why I was always happy NOT to share my birthday as a kid. As a one-week-after-July-4 baby, I never had a problem. Summer birthdays carry with them the advantage of never having to attend school ON your birthday (downside – no cupcakes in the classroom, sigh . . . ). But birthdays on a holiday, especially a date-specific holiday (such as July 4 or Christmas) are a bummer for younger kids who still want to feel like their birthdays are more special than any other day of the year.
It’s something we lose – sadly – as we grow up. An aunt recently apologized for scheduling her husband’s (my uncle’s) birthday bash on my own birthday, and I told her honestly I didn’t really care, “but if I was six, I would!”
Because kids are pretty self-centered. It’s not a knock – it’s part of growing up. And so are the joys of birthdays . . . for most of us.
A friend born December 24 confessed that as much as her parents tried to make Christmas Eve about her, they couldn’t help but be swept up in the preparation for the holidays. This wasn’t just about the presents – but their presence, right down to their mental presence in the moment of her birthday rather than in thinking about the roast to make, the tree to trim, the Christmas mass to attend.
Most of us don’t have much control over what day our kids are born, but if you could keep your kids’ birthdays off of the holiday, would you? How do you make holiday birthdays special?